Paperback Pandemonium 2020; or, The English Major’s March Madness

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Sigma Tau Delta’s officers, 2019-2020, from left: Natalie Wolf (BA ’20), Vice President; Molly James (BA ’20), President; Alissa Rehmert (BA ’20), Publicity; and Cassandra Griffing (BA ’20 ), Secretary.


Who is a better moral guide: Caroline Ingalls or Marmee March? Who is a better scientist: Victor Frankenstein or Lemuel Gulliver? You decide!

This March, the Alpha Theta Eta chapter of Sigma Tau Delta is hosting a four-conference paperback book “tournament.” Our conference categories are American, British, Global, and Young Adult/Children’s literature.

We hope our idiosyncratically chosen books and pairings will stimulate conversation about books, and what makes us want to read and remember them.

Starting March 1, we’ll be running weekly “brackets.” We’ll start with 4 pairs in each “conference,” and whittle down the competitors each week until we declare a winner on April 5. The winner will be celebrated with cake, time and location TBD.

Join us in voting for your favorite books in Paperback Pandemonium 2020! Keep an eye out for event flyers around the ECS Building and social media that will allow you to cast your vote using a QR Code. You can also cast your vote at

PBP2020 Sigma Tau Delta

Additionally, a physical copy of the bracket will be featured on the bulletin board near 108D in the English/Counseling Services Building. Voting runs March 1 through April 5.

We encourage you to share your vote on social media or take a selfie with the physical bracket. Remember to use #pbp2020, #KStateEnglish, and #KStateSigmaTauDelta so you can join the conversation about this year’s contenders. We hope this event will be fun and bring us together, even if we disagree!

If you’re an undergraduate or graduate student and would like to know more about Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honorary, check out our website or contact us at

— Alissa Rehmert (BA ’20), Publicity Chair for Sigma Tau Delta, and Naomi Wood, Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies / Faculty Advisor for Sigma Tau Delta


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